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David McNamee tops Ironman UK podium
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 19th July 2015

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Scotland dominates Ironman UK as McNamee and Cartmell finish one-two in Bolton

In my pre-race preview for the Men’s Pro race at Ironman UK, I said of the Scottish pairing of David McNamee and Fraser Cartmell, they “will be putting themselves in a 'catch me if you can' position, if normal service plays out in the water.” That proved to be spot on the money – and in answer to the question, nobody - including Joe Skipper - could.

McNamee was first out of the swim in Pennington Flash in a time of 48:01, with France’s Ironman Western Australia winner Dennis Chevrot just second behind, Cartmell losing just a few seconds, his exit timed at 48:28.

Of the other favourites I identified in that preview, Victor Del Corral Morales (ESP) and Joe Skipper, not known for their swim speed, would have a challenging start to the day in reaching T1 to find a deficit of eight minutes to the leaders was their welcome ‘present’.

McNamee and Cartmell would spend much of the bike leg in close order, until the 2010 winner Cartmell was able to push ahead over the final 30km to reach T2 with a three minute buffer over McNamee, who was starting only his second full-distance Ironman event. Joe Skipper did manage to set the fastest bike split (4:58:30), but that was only nine seconds faster than Cartmell, so that eight minute swim deficit would still remain as he started the marathon. Del Corral and Chevrot would arrive at T2 within the next two minutes, that top five a class apart in this field.

From the start McNamee started to chip away at the lead Cartmell had built late in the bike, but only gradually. Fraser was running strongly himself (and would close with a sub three hour marathon), but the catch was made around the 15km mark. By 28km McNamee had gained three minutes and would eventually reach the finish line next to Bolton Town Hall with a victory margin of four and a half minutes courtesy of a 2:51:48 marathon.

Having set the fastest run time at the recent ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships to earn the Bronze medal, Joe Skipper would need a similar performance here to move up on the run. He managed a 2:55:44 marathon, and while that would reduce his gap, he needed a lot more to close the gap to Fraser Cartmell. Joe now has finished 3rd / 2nd / 3rd in the last three editions of Ironman UK. His time for the top step of the podium will come in good time I’m sure.

IRONMAN UK, Bolton – Sunday 19th July 2015
2.4miles / 112miles / 26.2miles

Pos Men
1st David McNamee (GBR) 8:46:37
2nd Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 8:51:06
3rd Joe Skipper (GBR) 8:55:38
4th Victor Del Corral Morales (ESP) 8:58:45
5th Dennis Chevrot (FRA) 9:09:09
6th Brad Williams (USA) 9:27:56
7th Sam Clark (NZL) 9:28:26
8th Dan Cobby (GBR) 9:30:44*
9th Thomas Christiaens (BEL) 9:35:22**
10th Oliver Simon (GBR) 9:37:40

* Age-Group 25-29, ** Age-Group 30-34

Ironman UK Race Coverage

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